Rain, Rain, Go Away…..
Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday and Nicole for Monday Mingle.
Came across this story and wanted to share it with you. Positively incredible….
In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.
The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that could be found quickly were a litter of weaner pigs.
P.S. The story of tigeress is apparently inaccurate, although the photos are real. Thanks anonymous for letting me know. Check out the link here for the real story behind the photos which is also quite interesting. I’m sad because I SO loved the story!